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In light of the squeeze in hard drive prices ...

mantis2009 i am awesome (273 comments)

I brilliantly ordered new HDD about one week before the news of the impending floods came up. I am a genius.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 8 Desktop 'Just Another App'?

mantis2009 Re:Finally (375 comments)

This move to modularity is probably overall good, however, does the optional Windows 8 legacy UI remind anyone else of 1995? Remember when you stared the Windows 95 GUI by typing "win.exe"? And, of course, whenever possible, you tried to run applications from DOS without the Windows GUI sucking up performance. There was a (sometimes) significant performance penalty for running Windows "app" on top of DOS.

If the 1995-esque performance penalties are there for running explorer.exe on top of the new Windows 8 Metro UI, that will be bad news.

more than 3 years ago
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Massive LinkedIn IPO Raises Dotcom Bubble Concerns

mantis2009 Re:But, you know, I *had* to buy in (169 comments)

You are SO stuck in the 20th century. Haven't you heard? "Money" is completely obsolete. I heard about it on all the Gawker Media websites yesterday -- BitCoin is here!

Nah, there's no new dotcom bubble. Everything's fine! I'm going to go spend some Flooz on a stock option or two.

more than 3 years ago
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Which Grad Students Are the Most Miserable?

mantis2009 Re:No, sounds like only in America (332 comments)

This is an important distinction -- why does the wealthiest country in the history of the world (today's US) have "miserable" scholars? Public funding is crucial in determining what (and even whether) scientific research is undertaken. The current political environment in the United States, which sees the debate between Democrats and Republicans reduced to how much public spending to cut, is generally hostile to research funding. This will inevitably lead to a decrease in the number of people who pursue Ph.D.'s in the US.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Launches New Assault On Microsoft Office

mantis2009 collaboration doesn't look as good as in gdocs (126 comments)

Google docs has real-time collaboration (you can see other people's edits as they happen). The video on collaboration for Google Cloud Connect in MS Office says you have to save before edits are synced to all collaborators. Sounds like a recipe for lots of sync inconsistencies to me.

more than 3 years ago
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The Oldest Timestamp On a File I Created and Still Have Is...

mantis2009 "School 2015" (375 comments)

The oldest file on my computer is a story I wrote for English class in junior high school, when I was about 14 years old. Entitled "School 2015," I describe a fantastic futuristic computerized world where all schoolwork and basic life tasks were accomplished with the help of computers. Not making this up -- when computers have something to say in this world I invented, they announce themselves by saying, "BING!"

more than 4 years ago
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New Google Research On Social Networks

mantis2009 Re:Just to point out... (95 comments)

Separating friend lists on Facebook as you describe doesn't support all of the functions mentioned in the slideshow. For example, posting comments on Facebook photos goes out to all people with permission to see your comments on photos. The slideshow suggests allowing different comments to be seen by different groups of friends. In the current Facebook implementation, your friends either have permission to see all your comments on all photos, or none.

more than 4 years ago
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Traffic-Flow Algorithm Can Reduce Fuel Consumption

mantis2009 Detroit's been doing this for years (328 comments)

Eight Mile Road and other major thoroughfares in Detroit, Michigan have traffic lights timed so that drivers traveling at the speed limit will almost always encounter green lights.

more than 4 years ago
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Flash Destroyer Tests Limit of Solid State Storage

mantis2009 Re:Interesting! (229 comments)

Just checked out the video feed. The chip already lasted longer than 1 million writes, which is the number of writes the chip is supposed to last over its lifetime. As of this writing, the chip has survived more than 1,600,000 write cycles and counting.

Still, since this test isn't on an actual, shipping solid state drive (SSD) product, the results will be discounted by a lot of critics.

more than 4 years ago
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HP Confirms Slate To Run WebOS

mantis2009 Re:Meh... (178 comments)

I think worrying about webOS not working on a slate PC is exactly the wrong thing to worry about.

The much bigger question is whether moving webOS off of the smartphone will dilute and fragment the operating system too much.

I think webOS is the best designed OS for a phone because it's designed to work with both touch and a fully qwerty keyboard. Looking up contacts, searching for apps, sending a message -- webOS is optimized to do that in the shortest number of "clicks." Better than iPhone OS, better than Android, better than Blackberry. I like that. I want webOS to stay that way.

If webOS is moved to a slate PC -- with no keyboard and no phone -- I fear that webOS will lose its advantages as the smartest smartphone OS. And webOS developers would start writing more for slate apps, not smartphone apps. That would suck, especially for those of us who took the plunge and signed up for a 2 year contract with a Palm Pre.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Is Destroying Netbook Sales

mantis2009 Correlation. Causation. (911 comments)

Correlation != Causation.

Correlation is not the same thing as causation.

When two things are happening at the same time, it doesn't mean that they have a relationship with one another.

This coffee is hot, and netbook sales are down.

You're an idiot, and iPads are selling like hotcakes.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Office 2010, Dissected

mantis2009 Re:Microsoft Office 2010, Dissected (291 comments)

I unfortunately don't have much experience with Visual Studio, so I won't be able to offer any shining insights on that, but I'll take your invitation to elaborate anyway.

The improvements in the core (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote) Office 2010 applications over their Office 2007 counterparts are very minor. The most notable change is a customizable "Ribbon," so you can move buttons around on the user interface. Also, the OneNote application is significantly improved with the addition of a "recycle bin" for recently deleted notes, enhanced notebook sharing, and a host of smaller improvements that really add up to a totally new experience. The rest of the improvements are incremental and unimaginative. Word has a new navigation and find/replace interface. Excel has slightly fancier charts. PowerPoint lets you edit videos. Outlook finally catches up to Gmail with "conversation view."

The other headline change in Office 2010 is the addition of the browser-based applications. But these web applications aren't even really ready for primetime yet, and you can get access to a browser-based Office without buying 2010.

These changes are all well and good, but does any of this seriously and significantly improve the daily workflow of an Office 2007 user? Probably not, unless you really need one of the new features. If you're looking for a "general upgrade," Office 2010 is way too expensive to justify. Wait for the next version.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Office 2010, Dissected

mantis2009 Re:Microsoft Office 2010, Dissected (291 comments)

I've been using the Office 2010 beta for a while now. If you're using Office 2003, it's worth it to upgrade. If you're using Office 2007, don't bother.

more than 4 years ago
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Palm WebOS Hacked Via SMS Messages

mantis2009 Re:Lol (99 comments)

RTFA - webOS 1.4 (the current version) patches this vulnerability. Stop beating up on Palm.

more than 4 years ago
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Sprint Unveils HTC Evo 4G Super Phone

mantis2009 Re:So... (284 comments)

3 good reasons to get a Pre: hardware keyboard webOS cheapest unlimited data and texting plan 1 good reason to not get a Pre: The Pre has a mirror on the back

more than 4 years ago

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Robot Internet/Hive Mind Under Development

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "The BBC describes a project underway at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology that envisions an online, Wiki-like database to "let robots share and store what they discover about the world." Ideally, the project, named "RoboEarth," would give robots the ability to learn from one another in robust ways, significantly decreasing the time it takes for robots to learn how to perform tasks. The article quotes from researcher Dr. Markus Waibel, who says that a main goal of RoboEarth is to promote standardization for roboticists. "The key is allowing robots to share knowledge," said Dr. Waibel. "That's really new.""
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Computers with vision threaten privacy

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "The New York Times has a story and an interactive feature describing recent advances in software utilizing computer vision to recognize facial expression, personal hygiene, and even patterns in social behavior. Computer systems that monitor health care employees and prison populations look set to become more mainstream in the near future. Privacy advocates worry about the implications of unblinking computers that could potentially not only record but interpret your every move. From the article: "A nurse walks into a hospital room while scanning a clipboard. She greets the patient and washes her hands. She checks and records his heart rate and blood pressure, adjusts the intravenous drip, turns him over to look for bed sores, then heads for the door but does not wash her hands again, as protocol requires. “Pardon the interruption,” declares a recorded women’s voice, with a slight British accent. “Please wash your hands.”""
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New Google Research on Social Networks

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "Paul Adams, a senior user experience researcher at Google has posted a slideshow from a recent presentation that gives insightful research into how people use social networking technologies. The presentation describes several shortcomings of existing technology, and it highlights specific modalities that current technology (ahem, Facebook) gets wrong. Adams concludes that social networking applications are a "crude approximation" of real-life social networks. "People don't have one group of friends," Adams research in several different countries shows that in reality, most people have between four to six groups of friends. He argues that social networking applications need to be built with that reality in mind."
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Apple Facing New Anti-trust Investigation

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "After recent complaints of anti-competitive behavior, the New York Times reports that the US Department of Justice has opened an inquiry into Apple's business practices for selling music. Investigators have specifically asked whether Apple colluded with record labels to thwart Amazon.com's music download store, according to the ever-present anonymous "people briefed on the situation." Allegedly, Apple threatened to retaliate if any music label participated in Amazon's "MP3 Daily Deal" promotion, which offered early access to some MP3 tracks. Apple refused to comment on the story, so no word on whether Bill Gates came up with the anti-competitive idea or if Steve Jobs thought of it all by himself."
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BBC: Facebook about to "U-turn" on Privacy

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "BBC News is reporting that an official Facebook spokeswoman hinted that the world's most popular social networking website will soon introduce yet another set of sweeping changes to its notorious privacy controls. From the article:

"Facebook looks likely to cave into pressure from users and simplify its privacy settings in the near future. It follows criticisms of its privacy policy from US senators, the European Union and civil liberty groups. The social networking giant told BBC News that it was listening to the message from users that it has 'made things too complex'. 'We're working on responding to these concerns,' a spokeswoman said. 'Watch this space,' she added.""

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iPad is not "killing" netbook sales

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "Paul Thurrott, the prolific technology analyst and Windows expert, reacts strongly to an article highlighted on Slashdot. Thurrott takes numbers from IDC and the Wall Street Journal, indicating that netbook sales have not in any meaningful way been affected by sales of Apple's tablet computer, the iPad. Money quote: "...netbooks and sub-12-inch machines[] will sell 45.6 million units in 2011 and 60.3 million in 2013. If I remember the numbers from 2009, they were 10 percent of all PCs, or about 30 million units. Explain again how the iPad will beat that. Please. Even the craziest iPad sales predictions are a small percentage of that.""
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Whoops: Engadget.com Redirected to TVSquad.com

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "Engadget, the Webby Award-winning gadget blog, fell victim to a serious error which saw its traffic redirected to TVSquad.com for a period of at least 30 minutes tonight. Compounding the error, Engadget's RSS feed apparently sent TVSquad stories out to Engadget subscribers, including Slashdot's Firehose. On Twitter, an Engadget editor apologized and explained that a "system wide" error was to blame. Both Engadget and TVSquad are owned and operated by Weblogs, Inc, a subsidiary of AOL, Inc."
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US House Panel Concerned About Toyota Electronics

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "The chairman of the US House's Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter (PDF) to the President of Toyota's US branch today, sharply criticizing the automaker for failing to adequately test electronic and computer components in car models experiencing unintended acceleration. The money quote: "Our preliminary assessment is that Toyota resisted the possibility that electronic defects could cause safety concerns, relied on a flawed engineering report, and made misleading public statements concerning the adequacy of recent recalls to address the risk of sudden unintended acceleration." The House committee studied some 75,000 pages of company documents that Toyota voluntarily turned over, including some 20,000 pages written in Japanese. The New York Times reported the company had no immediate comment in response to the letter. Meanwhile, Toyota's Chief Executive, Akio Toyoda, will appear before a different House panel later this week."
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Huffington Post Republished Every Tweet Ever Made

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "Gawker is reporting that the Huffington Post, a popular news and opinion blog based in the United States, temporarily republished the Twitter feed of every Twitter user on a webpage that included advertisements. In addition to republishing all public Twitter feeds, the Huffington Post also posted messages sent by all Twitter feeds that were set to remain "locked" and private. All Twitter feeds were mirrored at a HuffingtonPost.com URL (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/twitter/[username]). "If you're a Twitter user, congratulations: You're also a Huffington Post contributor!""
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World leaders to save Earth from Asteroids?

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  about 5 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "When it comes to stopping a cataclysmic Earth vs. asteroid event, social science and international political leaders have more difficult questions yet unanswered than physicists do, according to report delivered at this week's American Geophysical Union meeting. Wired has a discussion of an analysis authored by former astronaut Rusty Schweickart, who worries that the international community is nowhere near ready to begin the complex and inevitably controversial task of deflecting an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Among the questions to be answered is whether to modify the Partial Test Ban Treaty to allow nuclear weapons in outer space. Another possibility to avoid the destruction of civilization would require the international community to choose an area on the globe where an asteroid might be "aimed." Who would decide which nations get placed in the asteroid's crosshairs?"
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FCC Preparing Transition to VoIP Telephone Network

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  about 5 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a request for public comment on an upcoming transition from the decades-old circuit-based Public Switched Telephone Network to a new system run entirely with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology. This is perhaps the most serious indication to date that the legacy telephone system will, in the near future, reach the end of its life. This public commenting phase represents a very early stage in what will undoubtedly be a very complex transition that makes this year's bumpy switch from analog to digital television look relatively easy."
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Apple customers: Time Capsule has a high fail rate

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "Engadget reports on a hot topic in Apple's official support forum, where dozens of Time Capsule NAS users are reporting that their units died after only 18 months. Many are upset that 18 months is far too short a lifespan for an expensive backup solution, but that is also enough time to exhaust Apple's one-year manufacturer's warranty. Several users are livid that Apple charges some $420 to replace the product — but only if the original hard disk is sent to the service center. Speculation that the failures are caused by faulty power supplies might explain why the units appear to suddenly refuse to power up at all. There is so far no word from Apple on a recall."
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Wordpress.org Warns of Active Worm Hacking Blogs

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Erik writes "Wordpress, the popular open-source Content Management System (CMS) for many thousands of bloggers worldwide, is under attack from a "clever" worm that automatically compromises unpatched versions of the Wordpress system. The particularly nasty bug crawls the web for vulnerable Wordpress installations, installing malware, deleting content, and generally wreaking havoc wherever it can. Today, Wordpress founder Matt Mullenweg eloquently implored Wordpress bloggers to update more frequently. Originally, updating the Wordpress system was a rather laborious process, however newer versions offer fast and simple one-click upgrades. The two most recent versions of Wordpress (2.8.3 and 2.8.4) cannot be attacked by the worm discovered this week, and blogs hosted at Wordpress.com are also apparently immune."
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automated voicemail to txt service actually humans

mantis2009 mantis2009 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mantis2009 (1557343) writes "So this company Spinvox is like, give us your voicemail password and your phone number, and our advanced software will listen to your voice messages and automagically convert them into text messages. Awesome, right? Turns out, what the company is actually doing is routing messages to call centers around the world, where non-computer workers (humans) transcribe your message. Apparently, the staff at one call center put some voice messages on Facebook the other day for the world to see. Sign me up, please!"
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